Why Jeffrey Wright was so excited to play Felix Leiter alongside James Bond in Casino Royale
When first offered the chance to potentially be in a James Bond film, Jeffrey Wright was incredibly excited.
“I got a call from my agent one day and he said, ‘Jeffrey, the Bond people want you to be in this next movie. They’re going to remake the franchise and they want you to play this CIA guy or something, I’ll send you the script,'” he tells Lola Ogunnaike, host of PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing. “And I’m like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, some CIA guy. You mean Felix Leiter?’ I’m like what?!”
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Wright explains his excitement came from a longtime love of Jack Lord, the original actor to portray Felix Leiter in Dr. No. “For me outside of Muhammad Ali and Miles Davis, Jack Lord, the Felix Leiter I knew, was one of the baddest motherf—kers in the whole space. Jack Lord was it,” says Wright.
Needless to say, he was more than happy to sign onto the role once it was offered.
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